It’s Friday! Hurrah to that! To all of you enjoying a wonderful wedding planning weekend, this is just the post for you! Today, I have the absolute pleasure of sharing a real jewel in the crown of Essex bridal shops – the fabulous Bellissima Weddings.
Remember Laura & Paul‘s super romantic Santorini wedding from August last year? Then you may have noticed that Laura’s gorgeous 50s inspired dress was from this very boutique. After visiting Bellissima, Laura was singing their praises, as have every other bride I have spoken to about their experience with Laura Daly and her wonderful team.
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending Bellissima’s special vintage room opening day. Accompanied by the super talented Tracy Morter, I managed to tear Laura away from the hustle & bustle of the shop to chat about the inspiration behind a dedicated vintage room and why Bellissima Weddings seems to be leading the way in bridal shops in the South East. I loved listening to Laura’s passion & enthusiasm for a job she clearly loves. Her customers become her friends; with most of her current staff being ex-brides who started (and ended) their dress search at Bellissima! Offering a huge range of around 260 dresses, you will not fail to find the “one” in this treasure trove of gorgeous gowns. With ranges from Ian Stuart, Enzoani and Mori Lee, the rails are bursting with elegant full length gowns to shorter, tea length dresses – styles to suit any bride all in one place.
But what makes Bellissima an experience is the attention to detail and level of service. A reputation for amazing customer service precedes a bride’s visit to the gorgeous team at Bellissima and I can certainly see why. Every bride has a dedicated area for fittings where they will not be disturbed when enjoying trying on all the dresses they need (or if like me, spinning around to see what the skirt will look like on the dance floor!) The time and care Bellissima give to their brides is evident in the smiling faces of the excited brides-to-be, where a personal consultant ensures there is on-going customer service offered from the minute you find your dream dress to the minute you leave after your final fitting. We all know just how special those dress seeking days are. It must be an experience where you feel comfortable, un-rushed and in the company of people who care. And I promise you, brides-to-be, you will not be disappointed at Bellissima.
Now, to enjoy the prettiness…………
The vintage room inspiration
The inspiration for a dedicated vintage room came from the utterly beautiful Charlotte Balbier dresses. Deconstructed, less structured gowns with floating silks & luscious lace exude femininity and glamour. More and more brides are moving away from the traditional strapless gown and opting for designs like Charlotte’s and Bellissima’s newest range from Gemy.
The back is the new front
The back has never been more important. Lace detailing, sensuous low back lines and beautiful keyhole designs are dominating new ranges this year. Often, a bride’s bouquet can hide detail, so focussing on the back of the gown (especially when taking the all important walk down the aisle) is becoming more popular.
Side pieces, birdcage veils and Rachel Simpson shoes adorn every corner of the gorgeous vintage room. Sparkling gems from Liza & Ivory & Co. tiaras fill the shelves amongst vintage china and beautiful, dainty jewellery.
So what are you waiting for? Bellissima Weddings is open 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday. Contact their wonderfully helpful team today for your appointment.
22 Market Square
South Woodham Ferrers
Photography by the wonderful Tracy Morter: www.tracymorter.com